How to fix being logged out of Steam after a restart

It can be frustrating having to re-enter your login details every time you restart Steam. Unfortunately, this is something that many Steam users have been experiencing lately and have been discussing on the Steam Community forum to try and find a solution. Some users solved the problem by checking the box to ‘Remember my password,’ however, others say they are still being asked to log in after doing so.

Solutions to fix being logged out of Steam after a restart:

  • Clear your Steam download cache.
  • Go into offline mode, then back into online mode.
  • Check the box next to ‘Remember my password.’

This blog post will discuss the following:

Why Steam requires you to log in

Although it may cause frustration when Steam asks you to log in so frequently, it is one of Steam’s ways of ensuring security. By asking for your login details, it minimizes the chances of someone other than yourself accessing your account.

Another way Steam ensures the protection and security of your account is by using Steam Guard. This Steam feature is designed to act as an extra layer of protection to reduce the chances of a security breach for any users who access Steam on multiple devices. Every time you log into Steam using a new device, you’ll be asked for your credentials. When Steam can’t recognize the new device, it asks you for a unique access code which will be sent to you via email or the Steam mobile app, depending on how you set up Steam Guard. Once you have entered the code, you’ll be able to log into Steam.

Since Steam is such a widely used platform, its developers try to ensure as much security for the users as possible; however, sometimes, you may experience a glitch in their system. As many users have experienced, you may be asked to log in every time you restart Steam. The next section will look at the different things you can try to fix this problem.

Possible solutions

As explained earlier, you can try several different things to prevent Steam from asking you to log in every time you restart Steam. According to the Steam Community forum users, each of these solutions has worked for different users. You may have to try all these solutions before finding one that works for you. Click on the method you want to try to be taken to the relevant section of the blog post.

Check ‘Remember my password’

The easiest way to try and prevents Steam from continuously asking you to log in after restarting Steam is to click the box that says ‘Remember my password.’ That will prompt Steam to remember your login details, so you won’t have to log in every time to go on Steam.

However, this method doesn’t always seem to work for all users, as they are still asked to log in every time they restart Steam. Try the next solution if checking the ‘Remember my password’ doesn’t work for you.

Go offline and online again

  1. Log into your Steam account.

Enter your account name and password to log into your Steam account.

2. Click on ‘Steam’ from the top menu.

Select ‘Steam’ from the menu at the top of the page.

3. Click on ‘Go Offline.’

Click on ‘Go Offline’ from the options on the drop-down list.

To go back to online mode, simply follow the steps again, but instead of ‘Go Offline’ on the drop-down list, it will say ‘Go Online.’ Click on this option, and you will be back to being online.

Clear download cache

If none of the methods above have worked, the last thing you can try is to clear your Steam download cache. The steps below outline how you can do this.

  1. Log into your Steam account

Use your credentials to log in to Steam.

2. Go to ‘Steam.’

From the panel at the top of the page, click on the option for ‘Steam.’

3. Click on ‘Settings.’

Choose ‘Settings’ from the drop-down list. This will open another window.

4. Select ‘Downloads.’

From the left-hand side of the panel, click on the option for ‘Downloads.’

5. Click on ‘Clear download cache.’

Click on the button at the bottom of the window labeled ‘Clear download cache.’

6. Click ‘OK.’

Lastly, click on ‘OK.’ As you can see from the image above, after you have cleared your download cache, you will be asked to log in; however, after this, it should prevent Steam from asking you to log in every time you restart Steam.


It can be very frustrating when Steam continuously asks you to log in every time you restart Steam. Many Steam users have brought this issue up on Steam Community, where they shared some of the best solutions that have worked for them. This includes checking the remember password box, although most people said this didn’t work for them. Other users suggested going in offline mode, then going online again. The final suggestion was to clear your Steam download cache—this blog post outline how you can do all of this.

Thank you for reading this blog post. Hopefully, you have found a solution that prevents your Steam client from asking you to log in every time you restart Steam. If you have any further questions about Steam, feel free to leave a comment, and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

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